28 Aug Food & Wine Friday: Grilled Cheese Bacon Sandwich & White Wine
This Week In Food & Wine: Grilled Cheese Bacon Sandwich & Chardonnay
The grilled cheese sandwich is a classic American sandwich and a staple of our childhood. Whether you’re having one for lunch, dinner or as a midday snack, we can all agree the perfect time to enjoy a grilled, toasted or broiled cheese sandwich is whenever you’re craving one. What makes this occasion all the more enjoyable as an adult is now you can enjoy a delicious glass of wine with it. And with a variety of cheeses and/or meats, like bacon, ham or turkey to add different flavors, you can enjoy a wide range of wines both red and white. At THEGRAPE we suggest you consider the following tips when choosing a wine to pair with your grilled cheese sandwich:
When pairing your cheeses with wine, try the following:
Creamier cheeses, try younger white wines.
Older, aged cheeses, try bolder red wines.
Spicy cheeses consider off-dry white wines.
Lighter or milder cheeses, try lighter red or white wines.
Heavier cheeses, try full bodied red or white wines.
Ok, before we get started, if you or your guests are in need of a glass of wine, scroll to the bottom of the page for our Grape Certified wine recommendations. Now let’s get down to business!
Grilled Cheese Sandwich Recipe
Prep & Cook Time: 20-25 Minutes
Note: The following recipe is for one sandwich so increase your ingredients based on the number of servings needed.
Two pieces of Shepherd’s Bread
Butter or margarine
Extra Sharp White Cheddar (or your favorite cheese)
Two (up to 4) pieces of Applewood Smoked Bacon
Decide your preferred cooking method and preheat:
- Oven broiled on high.**
- Pan fried on medium heat.
- Oven baked at 350 degrees.
- Foreman style grill.
Cook your bacon using one of the following methods:
- Begin by cooking the Applewood Smoked bacon using your preferred method.
- Microwave: 1:00 to 1:30 minutes per piece depending on the strength of your microwave.
- Stove top: Pan fry on medium high heat until desired crispness is achieved. The crispier the bacon the easier it will be to eat within the grilled cheese.
Prepare your sandwich for cooking:
- Butter one side of each piece of bread and set aside.
- Cut thin slices of cheese, enough to cover each piece of bread. This is important to ensure the cheese melts around the bacon and onto both pieces of bread.
- Place one piece of bread on a cooking sheet (butter side down) and cover with half of your cheese.
- Evenly space your cooked bacon atop the cheese.
- Place the remaining half of cheese on top of the bacon.
- Place the second piece of bread on top (butter side up).
- Place the sandwich in the oven. Flip once the bread is golden brown.
- Remove the sandwich once the second side is golden brown.
Our Grape Certified Wine Recommendations:
Wine Rating: Grape Certified Gold
Cuvaison Estate Grown Chardonnay ($30)
Wine Rating: Grape Certified Gold
We really think you’ll enjoy this incredibly simple Grilled cheese sandwich recipe with bacon recipe and white wine pairing. When you combine the crispiness of the sandwich, cooked in butter, and pair it with the right Grape Certified wine, in this case two award winning Chardonnays, you’re bound to have an enjoyably mouth watering experience that is not only quick but cheap and super easy. For sides, try your favorite kettle or potato chips, or shoestring french fries. Let us know what you think in the comments and don’t for get to like and share this with your friends. Cheers!
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We really think you'll enjoy this incredibly simple Grilled cheese sandwich recipe with bacon recipe and white wine pairing. When you combine the crispiness of the sandwich, cooked in butter, and pair it with the right Grape Certified wine, in this case two award winning Chardonnays, you're bound to have an enjoyably mouth watering experience that is not only quick but cheap and super easy. Let's not waste anymore time on overly complicated recipes and get to the business of enjoying our food and drink sooner rather than later. Cheers!